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Recap / The Big Bang Theory S 9 E 1 The Matrimonial Momentum

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Plot Summary

Leonard and Penny head to Vegas to get married. Sheldon deals with Amy asking for space. The gang watches Leonard and Penny's wedding on line.

Tropes Appearing in this Episode

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Stuart takes an interest in both Amy and Penny when he discovers their relationship troubles. It's creepy.
  • Alone Among the Couples: Subverted. Usually Stuart plays this role, but when the gang gathers, only Howard and Bernadette are technically together.
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  • Missing the Good Stuff: Due to the commotion caused by Amy breaking up with Sheldon, no one is watching when Leonard and Penny give their I-dos.
  • My Own Private "I Do": In a continuation of Season Eight's season-ending cliffhanger. Leonard writes his own vows for Penny, but she's got nothing prepared.
  • Previously On…: The episode opens with a recap of last season's finale.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Amy delivers one to Sheldon after he's been bugging her about getting back together and finally saying her biological clock is ticking and she breaks up with him.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: With both hands full taking a tray of hot beverages to Penny's, Sheldon resorts to sounding out his distinct door knock.
    Sheldon: Knock-knock-knock Penny. Knock-knock-knock Penny. Knock-knock-knock Penny.
  • Status Quo Is God: After Leonard and Penny fight at their wedding, Leonard is still living with Sheldon, and Penny is sleeping at her own apartment, a point that was not previously resolved.
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  • Waxing Lyrical: With no prepared vows, Penny ends up reciting the lyrics to "You've Got a Friend In Me" from Toy Story. Leonard is moved nevertheless.
  • Window Watcher: Sheldon while the others watch Leonard and Penny's wedding at Howard's.
  • Word of Dante: In-universe, regarding The Bible:
    Mary: Don't send it back yet. Your sister's married, and I'm not letting your brother give my grandmother's ring to that whore he's dating.
    Sheldon: Wasn't Mary Magdalene a woman of ill repute?
    Mary: When your idiot brother redeems mankind, he can date whoever he wants.
    • The joke relies on the popular beliefs that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute and had a sexual relationship with Jesus. Neither of these things are actually supported by the Bible.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Also revealed last season Leonard kissed another woman while he was on the boat.
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